YUMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY)- An excessive heat warning is in effect from 10 a.m. MST Wednesday morning to 8 p.m. MST Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), afternoon temperatures from 104 to 108 are expected in portions of southwest Arizona and southeast California.
Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop which can lead to stroke.
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur.
Precautionary measures include staying indoors and seeking air-conditioned buildings.
Drink water more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat - lightweight and light- colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children.
Public cooling shelters are available in some areas. Consult county officials for more details, which may include guidance for proper social distancing measures.
Unseasonably warm temperatures will continue through the next week. High temperatures across the lower deserts will be in the low 100's today and then climb to 105-109 Wednesday to Thursday.
The hot and very dry conditions combined with very dry vegetation will allow for heightened fire potential for at least the next 7 days.